Some 25,000 people were evacuated and seven firefighters were injured while putting out a massive fire that engulfed part of Germany’s largest amusement park. Europa-Park opened its doors as normal on Sunday although sections of the theme park remained closed.
Siemens will invest €10 million in Europe’s answer to Tesla’s Gigafactory. The €4-billion plant in northern Sweden will start producing e-car batteries this year.
Daimler may have to recall more than 600,000 diesel Mercedes cars as German regulator KBA suspects they contain cheat devices to manipulate emissions. (Der Spiegel)
Germany’s transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, summoned CEO Dieter Zetsche after the KBA ordered the recall of 4,900 faulty Mercedes Vito vans. The Daimler boss may have more explaining to do than he originally expected.
After accusations of racism, Super Dickmann’s, a German sweetmaker, apologized and deleted a Facebook ad for its chocolate-covered marshmallow Schokokuss, which it compared to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s biracial wife.
Dozens of US news websites are temporarily unavailable across the EU as the new GDPR privacy law takes effect today. The Chicago Tribune and LA Times’ sites posted messages promising to quickly comply in order to share “our award-winning journalism” with European readers.
The director of transport at the Environmental Protection Agency, Christopher Grundler, told Handelsblatt the US is networking with other nations to toughen emission testing. He said Volkswagen’s corporate culture remained unsatisfactory.
Carmaker Daimler used an illegal shut-off device for emissions control in its Vito vans, according to Germany’s Motor Transport Authority, which is demanding a recall. The company rejects the accusation.
German retail company Peek & Cloppenburg used a Nazi-related slogan “Jedem das Seine” – “to each his own” – in an advertising campaign. The cynical words appeared on the entrance to the Buchenwald concentration camp.
Bayern Munich, Germany’s biggest soccer club, is the fourth-most valuable club in Europe at €2.55 billion. Top was Britain’s Manchester United at €3.25 billion, a KPMG study found.
Want something done in Germany? Go to Ingolstadt in Bavaria. The city’s Audi factory has the highest productivity per employee in Germany, a study by the Ifo research institute found.
Apple reportedly signed a deal with Volkswagen to equip VW vans with its self-driving technology and use them to transport staff at its California HQ. The tech giant abandoned its own attempt to make an electric vehicle in 2016.
US President Donald Trump ordered the Department of Commerce to examine whether car imports are a threat to US national security. He is reportedly considering a 25% import tax on vehicles and parts.
Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecoms firm, will tie future dividend payments to profits rather than cash flow. As the majority owner, the German government stands to benefit most.